BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 868 new COVID-19 cases and 17 new deaths, according to state health department data released Friday morning.

The percentage of people testing positive decreased by .02% to 2.92%.

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Hospitalizations decreased by 22 to 509. Of those hospitalized, 368 adults are in acute care and 135 adults are in intensive care. Three children are in acute care and three children are in intensive care.

Doctors say the new cases are fueled by dangerous strains targeting the unvaccinated. During an August press conference, Gov. Larry Hogan said the Delta variant, a strain that is reportedly two to four times more contagious than the original virus strain, accounts for nearly every new confirmed case in Maryland.

“The vaccines are without a doubt our single most effective tool to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and the surging Delta variant, and Maryland’s vaccination rate continues to outpace the nation,” Hogan said.

More than 4 million Maryland adults are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, October 26.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 564,564 total confirmed cases and 10,725 deaths.

There are 4,034,008 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 8,578,127 doses. Of those, 4,074,735 are first doses with 3,925 administered in the past 24 hours. They have given out 3,721,192 second doses, 3,270 in the last day.

“Thanks to the millions of people who have rolled up their sleeves, Maryland continues to be one of the most vaccinated states in America,” said Governor Hogan of the eight million milestone mark. “We have achieved these numbers with strong public health outreach, innovative lottery and scholarship promotions, and a relentless focus on equity.”

The state began to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in April after the CDC and FDA lifted their pause on the vaccine due to a rare blood clot found in some women.

A total of 312,816 Marylanders have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 605 in the last day.

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On September 24, after the CDC granted final approval for Pfizer’s booster, Gov. Hogan announced the immediate authorization of the booster shot for Marylanders who have received their second Pfizer shot at least six months ago. Hogan had already approved use for vulnerable populations in early September.

The state has administered 469,384 additional or booster vaccine doses, 16,889 in the last day.

The state reported 86.5% of all adults in Maryland have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In August, the state launched a post-vaccination infections dashboard that is updated every Wednesday. There have been 30,384 total cases among fully vaccinated Marylanders as of Oct. 31.

Less than 0.85% of fully vaccinated Marylanders have later tested positive.

Of those cases, 2,253 vaccinated Marylanders were hospitalized, representing 12.29% of all COVID cases hospitalized in the state. 314 fully vaccinated Marylanders have died, representing 13.18% of lab-confirmed COVID deaths in the state.

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Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

By County

County Cases Deaths
Allegany 9,865 (253) 2*
Anne Arundel 53,411 (756) 15*
Baltimore 77,242 (1,810) 42*
Baltimore City 61,937 (1,324) 28*
Calvert 5,754 (100) 1*
Caroline 3,254 (51) 0*
Carroll 11,914 (284) 7*
Cecil 8,944 (179) 2*
Charles 14,582 (258) 2*
Dorchester 4,179 (82) 1*
Frederick 24,492 (369) 10*
Garrett 3,328 (81) 1*
Harford 20,949 (351) 8*
Howard 22,789 (271) 7*
Kent 1,742 (53) 3*
Montgomery 82,790 (1,666) 51*
Prince George’s 100,095 (1,684) 43*
Queen Anne’s 3,924 (71) 1*
St. Mary’s 10,060 (163) 1*
Somerset 3,377 (54) 0*
Talbot 2,899 (54) 0*
Washington 19,927 (401) 5*
Wicomico 11,198 (224) 0*
Worcester 5,044 (119) 1*
Data not available 0 (50) 0

By Age Range and Gender

Age/Gender Cases Deaths
0-9 39,564 (4) 0*
10-19 62,623 (8) 1*
20-29 100,714 (55) 1*
30-39 96,536 (144) 7*
40-49 81,889 (374) 5*
50-59 80,479 (994) 34*
60-69 54,139 (1,848) 29*
70-79 29,744 (2,688) 47*
80+ 18,008 (4,591) 107*
Data not available 0 (2) 0*
Female 295,130 (5,140) 112*
Male 268,566 (5,568) 119*
Unknown Gender 0 (0) 0
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By Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
African-American (NH) 176,388 (3,802) 86*
Asian (NH) 13,638 (349) 11*
White (NH) 216,017 (5,517) 114*
Hispanic 79,078 (880) 19*
Other (NH) 25,992 (116) 1*
Data not available 52,583 (44) 0*

CBS Baltimore Staff